Surfer New Feature Video Series

Welcome to the Surfer New Feature Video Series page! Below are short training videos demonstrating new features in the latest version of Surfer. We will be regularly posting new feature videos for each new release, so make sure to follow this page if you are interested in being updated when a new video is posted. Feel free to follow our various social medias linked at the bottom to also stay up to date.


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Sharing 3D Models


Video Description:

The most important part of mapping and modeling is being able to share the final output with clients. With Surfer you can create easily shareable and customizable 3D PDF files that can be altered outside of Surfer with free PDF viewing software. 

3D Image Slices:


Video Description:

Narrow your area of focus within a 3D volume with Image Slices! Slice 3D grids at any location, orientation, or angle to observe how a cross section changes along survey lines or at specific orientations. You can even add multiple Image Slices to a model to create a Fence Diagram that is commonly used to display differences in stratigraphic layers.


3D Gridding:


Video Description:

3D Gridding in Surfer is here! Now you can grid true 3D XYZC data such as subsurface soil or groundwater contamination, mineralization concentration, seismic refraction velocity, temperature distribution, or dissolved oxygen concentration. Once gridded you can save the results to a 3D grid in VTK format. Then, create a map from the 3D grid, adjust the slice value displayed in the 2D map, and then visualize the entire 3D grid in the 3D view as a volume render and isosurface.


3D Volume Render & Isosurfaces


Video Description:

With Surfer you can visualize a 3D Grid in the 3D View as a volume render or isosurface. Visualize a 3D grid as a rendered volume with full control of the color and transparency, where the color represents the C value, such as contaminant concentration.

Then add an isosurface to determine exactly where specific C values are in a 3D grid. Helping you delineate specific areas such as plume extents or mineralization cutoffs.


2D Map from a 3D Grid:


Video Description:

Immediately see how a map changes with depth/elevation through a 3D grid. Create a 2D map of a slice through the 3D grid, and use a slider to move the slice up and down through the 3D grid. The map updates immediately as you move the slider.

For example, create a contour map of a 3D grid of GPR data, move the slider and see how the GPR data (and the contours) change through the grid file with depth.

A 3D grid can be created either by gridding XYZC data in Surfer or in another software package. Supported 3D grid formats include VTK and HDF.


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